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Music Teacher 2.0: Blogging Your Way to a Better Classroom - TI:ME 2011


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  • [twitter]I am starting my presentation: Music Teacher 2.0 – Blogging Your Way to a Better Classroom[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Use #mt20 to add your thoughts/ideas throughout the presentation. We will be checking in![/twitter]
  • [twitter]How effective do you think blogging can be in improving a music classroom? Vote now: [/twitter]
  • [twitter]My definition of a blog? A tool for content creation and sharing. What is yours?[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Three characteristics of a good music classroom: Well-Prepared Teacher, Smoothly-Managed Program, **Engaged Students!**[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Each of these characteristics can be more easily achieved using blogging.[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Ways blogging can help professional development: Write a blog (share ideas/ask questions) or Read Blogs (read ideas/answer questions)[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Discussing RSS Feeds and Feed Readers. What is your favorite Feed Reader?[/twitter]
  • [twitter]What part of being a music teacher is the LEAST productive when it comes to actually teaching music? Vote now:[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Blogging can help distribute information to students and teachers–post a blog, subscribe your parents email addresses via RSS![/twitter]
  • [twitter]Ways to engage students using blogging: have them write a weekly blog about music class, have them comment on other blog posts[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Say hi, where you are from, and why you love Twitter to the #umiami Music Ed majors using tag #mt20! We are watching! #musedchat #musiced[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Which statement best describes your teaching situation? Vote now:[/twitter]
  • [twitter]After our conversation: How effective do you think blogging can be in improving a music classroom?[/twitter]
  • [twitter]Final thoughts: In the words of @MusicEdTech: “Teach Music: The Technology Will Follow.”
  • [twitter]Wrapping up my session on blogging, here! Thanks so much for participating with me![/twitter]
  • Transcript

    • 1. Music Teacher 2.0
      Blogging Your Way to a Better Classroom
    • 2. Music Teacher 2.0
      Blogging Your Way to a Better Classroom
    • 3. Before We Begin…
      Session Materials:
      Audio Podcast-available afterwards
      On Twitter? Use #time11 for discussion!
      Not on Twitter yet? Just text to “40404”
      Questions? Ask away!
      Now… take out your phones!
    • 4. A Quick Poll
    • 5. What IS Blogging, Anyway?
    • 6. What IS Blogging, Anyway?
      Blog – A journal written online and accessible to users of the internet
      Blog – An online, regularly updated journal or newsletter that is readily accessible to the general public by virtue of being posted on a website
      Blog - A website where entries are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order
    • 7. What IS Blogging, Anyway?
      A blog is a tool for content creation and sharing.
      In other words, a blog is…
      A Teaching Tool!
      Blogging can very easily help you create a better music classroom.
    • 8. A “Better Music Classroom”
      Characteristics of a good music classroom:
      Well-prepared teacher
      Degrees – Compare Years
      Professional Development
      Smoothly-managed program
      Collecting/Spreading of Information
      Engaged Students!
      Interested in the material
      Excited to learn
    • 9. Well-Prepared Teacher
      Professional Development As We Know It:
      In-Service Days
      What type of effect do these create?
      How do we replicate this effect?
    • 10. Blogging for Professional Development
      Writing a Blog
      Share your thoughts/ideas
      Ask questions – answers via comments
      Reading Blogs
      Read others’ thoughts/ideas
      Help with others’ questions
      Blogging is Professional Development!
    • 11.
    • 12. RSS/Syndication
      What is it??
      RSS Syndication brings the information to you
      RSS Feeds – List of updates
      Feed Readers—Google Reader, Bloglines
    • 13. Google Reader
    • 14. Syndication Examples
      Blog Syndication
      Integrated in Blog Platform!
      FeedBurner – Advanced Features
      Email Subscription
      Podcast Syndication
      Blog Integration—Plugins
      iTunes Integration!
    • 15. RSS/Syndication Resources
      OPML – File containing multiple RSS Feeds
      Import into RSS Reader
      Music Education OPML Project
      Web-based RSS Aggregation
      Professional Development in a Box!
    • 16. Smoothly Managed Program
    • 17. Smoothly Managed Program
      Paperwork takes time
      Some paperwork can be reduced using blogging
      This doesn’t apply to everything!
      Blogging can help us distribute information to students and teachers
      Remember RSS?
    • 18. Let’s Compare… Trip Itinerary
      Paper Copy
      Via Classroom Blog
      Get parent emails at beginning of year
      Subscribe them to email RSS Updates
      Type up itinerary online on blog
      Click “Publish”
      80 emails go out to all the Moms/Dads with your itinerary
      Type up itinerary in Word
      Print itinerary
      Make 80 copies
      Distribute in class
      Find 57 on floor after orchestra
      Of the other 23, only half make it into Mom/Dad’s hands
      Make 57 copies the next day
      Find 32 on the floor
    • 19. Advantages to Using a Blog
      Environmentally friendly – less copies!
      100% Guarantee that parents receive the information
      Keeps your classroom clean!
    • 20. Engaged Students
      Students like being knowledgeable
      Modern Students: Typing > Writing
      Students probably know more about technology than you
      And That’s OKAY!
    • 21. How Do We Harness This?
      Weekly Reflection Blog
      General Music – What I learned this week
      Performing Ensembles – Rehearsal reflection
      Blog Comments
      Students comment on each others’ posts
      Weekly Listening – Post recording, students comment
    • 22.
    • 23. Twitter: Micro-Blogging
      Twitter Basics
      140-character “Tweets” to followers
      Don’t need to accept a new follower
      Replies, Retweets (FWD)
      Twitter is NOT about telling people what you ate for breakfast!
      Twitter IS a blogging platform
      Twitter IS a tool for content creation and sharing.
      Twitter IS an incredible medium for professional development
    • 24. Hashtags on Twitter
      In Twitter lingo…
      Hashtag = Keyword
      Hashtags let you search for specific topics
      Some examples:
    • 25. Another Poll
    • 26. #MusEdChat on Twitter
      The Problems:
      Teachers are Secluded
      Not many music teachers at each school
      This makes Professional Development hard!
      The Solution:
      Weekly Twitter Chat on Music Education
    • 27. #MusEdChat Basics
      Topic Submission Form
      Topic Poll
      Chat Transcripts
      Chat Recaps
    • 28. #MusEdChat: The Chat
      Monday Nights, 8pm Eastern Time:
      Sign on Twitter (or use an app!)
      Search for “#musedchat”
      Read the Tweets
      Respond using #musedchathashtag
      Ask Questions!
    • 29. Wrap-Up
      Blogging can help create a better classroom:
      Well-Prepared Teacher
      Smoothly-Managed Program
      Engaged Students
      Use Closed-Access Resources:
      NO Full Names (First only, Initials)
    • 30. Final Poll
    • 31. Final Thoughts
      The use of blogging tools should ALWAYSbe used to enhance your curriculum, and NEVERbe used to replace your curriculum.
      “Teach Music: The Technology Will Follow”
    • 32. Questions?
      For more information:
      Twitter: @Zweibz7
      Don’t forget! Materials/Audio available at: